Water Grill - South Coast Plaza

4.7
4901 Reviews
$31 to $50
Seafood
Located across from South Coast Plaza and steps from Segerstrom Center for the Arts, Water Grill is a true seafood destination. Family owned and operated, Water Grill focuses on first-of-the-season seafood and has delivered a superior dining experience for more than 30 years. Their devotion to quality seafood sourced in-house, is illustrated on their daily menus.

Sourcing from local fishermen, Water Grill’s seafood arrives from boat to table in a matter of hours. Water Grill Executive Chefs prepare the dishes with care, allowing the fresh seafood to shine, while using high-quality ingredients to elevate the recipe. From Spiny Lobsters in the fall to Wild Salmon in the spring, Water Grill’s focus is all about local, sustainable seafood and a one-of-a-kind experience.

A safe and comfortable experience, Water Grill follows all the CDC guidelines to ensure you have an amazing experience each and every time.
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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

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New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

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Starting Dec 31, 2021

Celebrate New Year’s Eve at South Coast Plaza! Chef Eduardo has prepared a special, exclusive 4-course dinner to ring in 2022! Join us for a memorable evening, filled with delicious menu offerings, optional wine pairings, an interactive photo booth, party favors, and more. Here’s to the new year!

What 4901 people are saying
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exiledbrit
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined 19 hours ago
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Food was great, service attentive. The fish was fresh and flavorful. Only downside to our experience was the loud drunk in the nearby group. Did observe them being spoken to on occasion and the group reassuring they could control him but my 12 year old daughter was not impressed.

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Kevin
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Kevin A Kent had the Mexican sea bass and a chopped wedge salad. Both good, but not great. Valet guys were great and well as the waiters. I just thought the food could have been a little better.

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DanyG
Orange County
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food even better service if you like cod, try the spicy cod . Unbelievable taste. We enjoyed it very much the ambience the food and our waiter.

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CptBailey
Orange County
14 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a great place to go to when having a concert or theater night. The seafood is always excellent. Drinks are bold and the bartenders can concoct some surprises.

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LauraD
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We were surprised just how packed it was on Sunday night at 6pm. The staff was not able to keep up so we waited a long time for drinks and dinner, but to their credit, everything came out hot and everyone's food arrived at the same time. I love the ambience! My scallops were delicious. Everyone seemed happy with their food.

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vipSeanD
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Tyler was the best server we’ve had in years, hire more like Tyler. Thank you.

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vipMaryC
Los Angeles
19 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful, bright restaurant with a big bar. Food is always so good here!

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Andrew
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food3service5ambience3

Food was ok, noise little too much, the waitress, Christine, taking care of us was outstanding attentive and worm friendly she was the best we could ever expect.
in all we had a good a time...

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stevenm
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great drinks, great food and a great crowd. Love this place.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Joaquin
7 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was delicious and exceptional! Thank you!!

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vipCynthia
Orange County
8 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Our server was great. Energetic and on top of it. VERY noisy. Don't like the fact they always want to put you in the middle of the room. Tell us the booths are reserved but if you call and try to reserve a booth, they tell you that's not possible. Go figure. Regardless, food was good, service great.

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NinaL
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a wonderful experience at WaterGrill. The staff is courteous and attentive. Highly recommended

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great!

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Soooooz
Orange County
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dina the opera singer was our server. She was fabulous!!! Would definitely go back not only for the service but for the delicious food. The presentation was beautiful !

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NickD
Orange County
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Salmon and king crab legs were amazing but expensive

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vipHarryS
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Quality of food is only mediocre at best. Very expensive Alaskan Halibut had no taste and beans did not go with this dish. This restaurant has consistently disappointing dinner meals. Time to shake up the chef staffing. This should not be a ordinary so so restaurant they need to strive at becoming an extraordinary restaurant which at present, they are not. I shall not return until their kitchen staffing is re constituted. There is no excuse for them serving a tasteless $50 Alaskan Halibut dinner.

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CandaceS
Birmingham
12 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had spiny lobster! Tender and tasty!
Great service and atmosphere.
Made sure we were served quickly so we could get to a show at Segerstrom.

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Dutch
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Under staffed !
Long wait !
Ordered calamari and it was absolutely the worst I’ve ever had but people working there are really nice

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LagunaFoodie
Orange County
11 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food outstanding service great ambiance. A little noisy but not too bad. Expensive but overall well worth it.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience5

We sat there about 20+ minutes before a server came to the table. No drinks .. nothing. I had to call someone to get us someone to come. Then we had 2 servers and no one seemed to know who our server was and toes were being stepped on. Food was amazing but ….

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vipEricH
Denver
31 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

I enjoyed the swordfish. It was probably the best swordfish I have ever had. A great fish cooked perfectly and served hot. Great wine list with very fair prices.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great evening. But simply to loud to carry on a conversation.

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vipNelma
Hawaii
32 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

And business - great service by Peter…incredible menu with fresh seafood. Enjoyed crab legs, the Cioppino, and the Chilean Seabass. Delicious as always. Bread is one of my favorite parts of the meal! We shall return!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Seattle
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall1food2service3ambience3

I expected a lot more. I saw tge

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Experience was just incredible as they always are.

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AnonFoodie
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Highly recommend. Great place for date night or special celebration

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Ribeye steak cooked medium was seasoned to perfection and the Chilean Sea Bass was okay.

Service was great!

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TomM
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience4

The food was fantastic, but the service was disappointing. Mainly due to our server who awfully slow and not attentive whatsoever. Would try again in hopes this was a fluke.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Key West
2 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Birthday celebration

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vipjkfree
San Diego
18 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience4

We’ve always liked the vibe here but the quality of both the food and experience has slipped. IMO, It’s just not cool to go here anymore.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Water Grill is the go-to restaurant when our siblings ask the kids to stay over last minute.
Always on point with service and food, with the only variables being other diners.

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kailammie
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was above and beyond, couldn’t imagine any better 😊

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IvyK
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Food was good, just lacking on the service. Our entree was served while we were still halfway thru the appetizers.

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SuzanneR
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service. Wish all the staff wore masks

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vipNonina
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall4food4service2ambience5

It was a birthday celebration for my husband! Everyone acknowledged his birthday but the waitress, when we mentioned it she said she should have told the hostess! Oysters were delicious! They did not give us bread plates so we had to use our oyster plates for the bread too. Sea bass was delicious but cold. Cioppino was excellent! Just before we were ready to leave a waiter/busboy placed dirty napkins from another table on our table along with a glass of water with used coasters in it! Everyone has an off night and tonight it was our waitress and busboy! Disappointed to say the least!

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really great service and outstanding tasting food and dessert!! Will definitely be back!

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AbelG
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience1

The service wasn't bad how ever the time from we order our food to get to the table it was ridiculously long. We order the heirloom tomato salad and it was a disappointment, I just can't believe that the cook, sous-chef or the chef, allow this salad to go out with the pieces of tomatoes still having the base on pedicel on it!! I mean you guys charge sixteen dollars for actually two tomatoes and quarter of avocado with some arugula, you should be more careful and remove from the vegetables what is supposed to be removed. The main course took so long that the food wasn't on the right temperature. In one sentence, Not worth it to comeback. Sorry!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic dinner with family
Everything came out perfect

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is delicious. Great restaurant for a special occasion. Service is top notch. Would definitely recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall2food4service1ambience4

Ordered a bottle of wine - 15 minutes later let us know out of the wine. Order another bottle to go with appetizers wine came when nearly finished with appetizers. Waiter brought the wrong food for one guest delivered correct food after other guest finished their meal. Took food to go.

FAQs

Water Grill - South Coast Plaza offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (949) 208-7060.

Water Grill - South Coast Plaza is rated 4.7 stars by 4901 OpenTable diners.

Water Grill - South Coast Plaza does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://kingsseafood.securetree.com/.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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